Be Grateful Trump Broke the Overton Window

On the eve of the first anniversary President Trump’s Inauguration, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said something remarkable. It points to why many of us are Trump enthusiasts even if the president does sometimes make us cringe. Defending religious freedom and diversity, McCarthy nonetheless took on the cultural Left’s ubiquitous cliché that

By | 2018-02-02T10:10:24+00:00 February 2nd, 2018|

“Semper Petulant”

A scorner seeketh wisdom, and findeth it not: but knowledge is easy unto him that understandeth.—Proverbs 14:6 The congressional Democrats' group sulk during the 2018 State of the Union address seemed to indicate an inability, or more likely, a stubborn unwillingness, to learn from the experiences of the past year. That, we can

By | 2018-02-01T16:54:59+00:00 February 1st, 2018|

The Warmbiers and the Crutches: Bearing Powerful Witness

In our hyper-cynical age, it’s very easy to dismiss political theater as naked manipulation. It becomes much harder to do that when you’re weeping. Between Fred and Cindy Warmbier, whose pain was so raw that it couldn’t be contained, and Ji Seong Ho, holding up his crutches and demonstrating the infinite possibilities that

By | 2018-01-31T18:10:19+00:00 January 31st, 2018|

Boot Licking the Left

Max Boot has had his “come to Jesus” moment. In the pages of Foreign Policy magazine, we find an essay titled “2017 Was the Year I Learned About My White Privilege.” Oh, boy. The NeverTrumper had his “consciousness raised”: I have concluded that my beliefs were based more on faith than on a critical

By | 2017-12-31T12:51:00+00:00 December 31st, 2017|

#MeToo: Fallout from the Sexual Revolution

The #MeToo campaign has far-reaching implications for both feminism and the so-called sexual revolution to which feminism gave rise. First, today’s  feminist affirms a model of womanhood that is, or is supposed to be, radically at odds with what she takes to be the traditional, patriarchal stereotype from which feminists have (allegedly) liberated

By | 2017-12-27T12:38:46+00:00 December 27th, 2017|

Justice Kennedy’s Too-Late Lament for Tolerance

I have been silent about Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission, not because I lack interest in the case, but because it has already generated extensive commentary here and throughout the commentariat. Court watchers, like fortune tellers reading tea leaves, speculate how the justices will line up, with Justice Anthony Kennedy likely

By | 2017-12-22T09:07:31+00:00 December 22nd, 2017|

How is Equality Baked into Our Constitution?

The United States Supreme Court on Tuesday heard oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission. The case, and the specific legal questions surrounding Jack Phillips's work, have been discussed at length elsewhere, and in any event can be expected to come to a practical conclusion in a few months.

By | 2017-12-06T11:55:21+00:00 December 5th, 2017|